Book Review: Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge



Finished this in two days :D


Name: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7th, 2015


The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

For fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

Book Cover Comments

The concept is super cool, with the spiraling staircases going deeper into the heart of the rose, and with the stairs and the rose entwining each other. We have a super catchy quote on the cover, and that’s what sucks me into this book, making me know I’d love it.

The Actual Review

Ok. Wow?

Let’s talk about the layout of retelling. OH MY LORD. So we all know that Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but Rosamund doesn’t stop there: she fuses this wonderful classical fairytale with Greek mythology. It was the COOLEST thing ever. And I have to say, it might not be on par (yet) with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (because she is queen and I’m her guardian angel jk’s), but Rosamund gets a bonus point for fusing two of my favourite interests of knowledge. And not only that: through this retelling, Rosamund also brings out the dark nature of humans and how it was entwined into Greek mythology, as well as the fact that this book became so philosophical. The deepness and understanding that Rosamund has over the meaning of some stories of Greek Mythology is astonishing.

This book was filled with hot packed love that made my heart ache 24/7, I almost died from all the sweet parts that were filled with kisses and hugs and touches and just even talking. Even the talking killed me in many many ways.

Nyx, our heroine, has a completely different approach than what you would find in a normal girl: how she saw life, how she treated it, her heart’s desires, those were all really deep and beautiful things, and I really loved her character a lot. She was the Cruel Beauty (roll credits), at the same time acting cold, but then blossoming like a beautiful flower.

Ignifex was also an extremely interesting character to learn about. His behaviours towards things, choices, mindset and all of that, past and thoughts, those were all really fun to learn along the way, and he plays not only as a major role because he’s the male protagonist, but just, ya know, he’s important.

This novel is also jam packed with mysteries, riddles for users to solve, revelations. There were so many parts where I was like “there’s something fishy about this character” or “no you’re supposed to do this” or “oh c’mon”, and there were so many parts in this book where I would have never expect that path down the road. The entire book was full of surprises and revelations, I really don’t know how to describe it.

The perfect fuse between a fairytale and mythology is what makes Cruel Beauty such an amazing and beautiful book.

Thanks for reading my review!

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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